AOL released its new PLAY app for the iPhone today, pitching it as an “Instagram for music” according to TechCrunch. PLAY lets you share what you’re listening to via Twitter and Facebook and lets you view what others are sharing in a stream view. PLAY also offers several free music streaming options.
PLAY’s full feature list is as follows:
- Listen to your music in a beautiful custom music player
- Play music from an extensive collection of free songs and CD’s updated regularly
- Access to over 47,000 SHOUTcast radio stations
- Share your musical experiences with friends and followers
- Find and follow friends using the app through Facebook, Twitter, or Searching
- Add your own album art to your shares
- Share your musical experiences on Facebook and Twitter
- Listen to previews of your friends music posts and buy songs you like on iTunes
- Comment on and like your friends shares, you can tag friends in comments too! Just @username your friends and they’ll get an alert
- Get notifications when a friend follows, likes or leaves you a comment
PLAY has a polished interface and its own player that accesses the music already stored on your iPhone or iPod touch. The music that’s available for streaming for free comes from a wide variety of genres, not to mention the thousands of stations available through SHOUTcaset Radio.
As expected at the debut of a new service, PLAY doesn’t have many members so far. I like the idea of PLAY but it will be interesting to see how well it’s received in the long run. Browsing music shared by others is not quite the same as viewing pictures on a sharing service like Instagram – listening to music takes a bit more time and attention and the friends and acquaintances you follow may simply not enjoy the same kind of music you like. However if you have the time and want to broaden your musical horizons, PLAY is worth a look.